In April, the Office of Consumer Counsel in Connecticut released a report on residential utility billing. It found residents paid $58 million more purchasing electricity from third-party suppliers as opposed to utility companies. The findings raise an important financial question: is staying with your utility company always more expensive?

In light of the Connecticut findings, the answer is “no.” But how do you know unless you audit your utility bill every now and then?

A bill audit uncovers whether or not you’re overpaying for utilities. If you’re already getting the best rate with your utility company, there’s no reason to switch to a different provider. But often, an audit finds you might be better off with a different company.

The way utility providers charge for their services is complicated and varies widely. It’s important that you hire an auditing company that understands these nuances. The experts at SM Engineering have more than 30 years of experience scrutinizing utility bills for potential savings. Often, we find significant savings for our clients.

But sometimes, our clients are already benefiting from the most competitive utility rates. In those cases, we never recommend switching utility providers. We’re focused on what’s best for our clients and their bottom lines.

Switching from your utility company to a third-party provider isn’t always what’s best for your budget. Get a utility bill audit to discover if you’re getting the most competitive rate. Contact the experts at SM Engineering today.

Satya Garg graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1968 with an MS in Mechanical Engineering. He is a registered Professional Mechanical and Electrical Engineer in Minnesota. Prior to starting SM Engineering in 1982, Mr. Garg was Manager of Engineering for Planmark, a subsidiary of Super Valu Stores. After graduating from University of Minnesota, Mr. Garg started his career with “Michand Cooley, Hallberg, Erickson & Associates”, one of the most reputed consulting company in Minnesota. He had the opportunity to work with Robert Michand on many interesting projects such as Target stores, conceptual design of mechanical systems for IDS center and troubleshooting HVAC systems at IDS tower. Find him on Google+